Last week I got this pumpkin to celebrate my favorite holiday Samhain and the harvest and put it by our front door.
When we got back from traveling, the squirrels had truly enjoyed the pumpkin and there were seeds all over the stoop. so I moved it over to the side of the building where their snacks won't be interrupted by our coming and going.
I don't think we often realize it in our culture - leaving pumpkins out for Samhain can be a gift, an offering for Spirit. And Spirit comes through the squirrels sometimes.
In Bali the women make offerings to Spirit each and every morning with a whole platter of incense, prayers, rice, flowers, and more.
In the afternoon, the monkeys come eat it.
In this case, the mischievous squirrels are reminding me of the mischievous monkeys of Bali. And I love the thought that Spirit is coming through the squirrels to delight in my offering and thanks.
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This is some of the seed for one of our cover crops. There are 10 different plants in here all with a different purpose. Cover crops don't make us any money directly but it's all about the long game! This will reduce the need for fertilizer, build soil, increase bio diversity, provide habitat and draw carbon out of the atmosphere and back in to the soil. #partneringwithnature#soilhealth#covercrops @cotswoldseeds #keepjerseyfarming#ecology
That farm fresh soul food. 🙌🏽🌽🌶🌻 It is amazing to be in a place that has good food intertwined in our daily lives. Knowing where our food comes from is the first step in connecting back into the bigger picture of what sustains us and the incredible amount of work that goes into growing, harvesting, selling and cooking the food that makes it onto our plates. It's been a blessing to dive back into the farmers market community and to fill myself up with beauty like this almost every day.
Wild spinach, it's what's for dinner! 🌿 I harvested from throughout my neighborhood today, I've been peeping it all summer- it grows abundantly on the medians and sidewalks. "Weeds" and wild edible plants are super good for us because they are so resilient and have a lot of biodiversity. #earthwisdom
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What the world needs: more appreciation of the little things. It's snowing, (you know because it's September), and I threw some tomatoes in the oven to roast before I made them in to soup. One of them weighed in at over a pound--one POUND of tomato! But equally as impressive (and twice as charming) was this little tiny guy Lu picked last week. It packed just as much flavor and twice the sweetness as it's much larger siblings, but I had completely overlooked it, and left it to meet it's fate in the snow. How often are we passing by the little things because we are distracted by something more grand? There are short bursts of time in life that I've been trying to focus more energy on, and really work to fully take in. Like a good talk with my kids when they get home from school, a movie night on the couch, or time to myself on the trail- noticing my breath in the air for the first time in months. We too often set our sights on "the next big thing" and forget that in reality, most of life is made up of teeny tiny (but equally amazing!) moments. Can you imagine how happy we'd all be if we spent more time focusing on those? So enjoy all those giant juicy tomatoes in life, because they are soooooo good and make the best soup.... but just remember to look for all those little guys in between too, they are always the sweetest.
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There is nature in all of us calling us home. 🌿
I've been lucky enough to frolic with an Australian mate @mel_chappo here in California, my home. After a year playing in her gumtree world down under, I get to share the sweetness of the places that I've grown up in. It's been a tender experience, introducing friends into the world that they've only heard about in stories and watching them experience them in their own ways.
Especially when you watch them take in the newness and can see that they might care just as much as you do.
Especially when you can see the pinch of homesickness as your friend runs her fingers on the Eucalyptus bark and they wonder together how they got so far from home.
And then you realise how important it is to share the things you love with people you love.
Cause maybe they get it, and maybe we are all home when we wander outside.
"So long, farewell,auf wiedersehen, good night.
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight." ***** Jack Frost will make his first visit tonight. I debated covering everything up and trying to make it last--my tomatoes were late this year, and needed just a little more time to ripen on the vine. But it's supposed to stay cold for at least another week, and I realized I cannot fight Mother Nature Forever, she's a pretty tough lady. So we have pounds and pounds of green tomatoes spread out in the garage, waiting for their turn to grow red (it's time for a greenhouse!) I made a big batch of green salsa last week, but have enough tomatillos and chiles for another round. I have a lifetime supply of onions. I am 100% over zucchini and kale--I loaded up the freezer with bags for soups, but at this point they really just need to go away. Over the next few days I have a wagon load of pumpkins and squash to bring in. There are potatoes and carrots (which never really did great), beets that need to be pickled (although we've eaten most of them), and a few heads of cabbage that I will attempt to make some sauerkraut with. I'm frantically cutting flowers--a last minute addition this year, and I think I will miss them the most. My wall of sunflowers stand like giants watching over- but their heads hang heavy like they know what's coming. I love sitting out in my little world, watching the butterflies flutter and the hummingbirds hum. Sitting. As much work as I put into this little space this year, the lesson I learned most (and the hardest for me to do) was to just SIT. Still. Listen, watch, think--or don't think--whatever it was I needed at the moment. So much life and energy crammed into a short little season, but it also takes patience to grow. I will try to be patient as I wait for next spring, hands in the dirt once again. #jibsongarden
A lesson learned from my garden that's about to meet it's fate sometime within the next week when the temperatures drop (😭😭😭): Don't wait to bloom! I have flowers that are just slowwwly starting to wake up to the world, and will never have the chance to experience the warm sunshine on their faces. Don't wait! Don't wait to start growing, learning, doing- do it now! Don't hold back the words you want to say or the feelings you want to feel. Don't be slow to show the world your colors. We are lucky enough to have a weather forecaster who can give us some sense of what our future holds in terms of wind and rain. There is no life forecaster; we only know the now- no time for "what-ifs". So wherever you are in life, bloom. 🌷🌸🌷
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We got to hike #thenarrows last week, made it all the way to the Big Springs!
This weekend I took my man up to Fort Collins to see the Beautiful Poudre river. It was cold but not too cold and so refreshing on a hot 97 degree day! We watched the sun set and rise and enjoyed the absolutely perfect silence of the early morning when we woke up even before the birdies. Nature. She's the best! #earthwisdom
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I had a beautiful Colorado morning in ned with @brigitte.mars, one of our time's best herbalists. She has so much knowledge and she is so generous with her herbal wisdom! On this herb walk we identified over 20 native plants that are edible and medicinal. 🌿There is so much healing and nutrients at our very fingertips in our back yard. Brigitte made the point that we can identify hundreds of logos but the average person can only identify 5 or fewer plants. Get to know the plant nation! They are here to help us. Flowers are smiles from the Goddess🌹Thank you Brigitte for sharing with the local community today. So thankful.💫 🙏🏼💕 #earthwisdom
...our last summer morning in our jammies in the garden...I celebrate the days passing in the summer- it's not only sunshine, but TIME that makes the garden grow. But then I turn around and curse it when it slips away too quickly and these kids have grown right along with the sunflowers. I'm trying to find the beauty in the balance of it all.
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#Repost @natgeo ・・・Image by @beverlyjoubert. The exuberance of youth. An elephant calf strides out with early morning energy and play on his mind. He is closely watched by his mother who is relaxed with us but over the years will have seen what people can be capable of. With a seventy year life span and excellent memories, any herd will have met with the dark side of humanity. Currently around 30 000 elephants are lost to ivory poachers and habitat destruction each year - around 8% of the population. While ivory remains an object that people desire, elephants will continue to be killed and their populations crash, so the future is an uncertain one for this little calf. This #WorldElephantDay make a stand for elephants by letting others know that ivory only has any worth on a live elephant. Let's end this trade and create a future that is far more certain for these incredible animals. #worthmorealive#saynotoivory
There are lots of magical places here that I still haven't discovered. The Garden of the Gods is an amazing geological site with rocks jutting out of the ground from shifting plates in the earth. I imagine in the past it provided a shelter from the winds for the Ute people. Just yonder is Sun Mountain, as it is known by the Ute, or Pike's Peak, of course named by whities after a European dude 🙃 We have a beautiful planet ya know 🦋#earthwisdom
My garden has been the best reminder for me this summer to slow down. I had all these things I wanted to do after I graduated and before I started work- be up before the sun every morning, climb all the mountains, sign up for a race or two- go go go. Instead I've found myself consistently out in the dirt- it's the first place I go in the morning (sometimes long after the sun has come up), and you'll often find me out again as the sun is sinking behind the mountain. Sometimes I'm being productive- weeding or thinning rows, but I've often caught myself just sitting there, doing nothing. Literally watching plants grow🙃.....which turns out to be one of the most productive things for my overworked brain. Just being STILL. I try to learn all kinds of new skills every year, but being still is something I have the HARDEST time with- turns out I am really bad at doing "nothing". I'm learning that slowing down occasionally is good for my body and my brain, and being still is more productive than I once thought....just look at all these veggies! They started out as tiny seeds and all they have done for the last three months is lay out in the sunshine. I think there is something to be said about that 🙂 #jibsongarden
Within the chrysalis a miracle occurs. Tiny “imaginal cells,” start appearing.
These new cells are completely different from caterpillar cells, with different information, and they vibrate at the frequency of the emerging butterfly which is different than the frequency of a caterpillar.
At first, the caterpillar’s immune system attacks the new cells, but the imaginal cells continue appearing.
They recognize each other, bond together, and then they organize into clumps when they are numerous.
When enough cells have formed to make structures along the new organizational lines, the caterpillar’s immune system is overtaken and the the caterpillar body miraculously becomes a butterfly. #earthwisdom
"There is always a gap between intention & action."-Paulo Coelho
Is there been something you've always wanted to try, to start or accomplish? Maybe it's to practice more yoga, get outside more, eat more healthy, start composting, be kinder to your self or to another. Whatever it is, today is a fresh start and a whole new week is before you. Take the time to set your intentions big or small and turn them into actions. Create the life you've always imagined. I believe in you!
Happy Monday friends!💚 #mindfulmondays#intention#beyourbestversion#yoga#outside#harvestingroots
An early August garden: Cloudy skies- a welcome relief after the heat wave we've been riding all summer. Squash plants have overgrown their rows and are popping up uninvited, stretching from border to border. Carrots are being dug by middle of the night visitors. Beets are growing the size of apples. Tomatillo branches hang heavy; tomatoes have been slow....but finally coming on. Flowers are starting to open up in sunset colors between the rows. Kids getting excited for school; mom is not. And to think- this was nothing but dirt less than three months ago. #jibsongarden
When your hair is in your face and your nose itches and you can't do anything about it because your hands are full of zucchini....and mom just stands there and laughs at you. But all itchy noses aside, what do I do with all this zucchini- tell me your favorites!